Palm Beach Surf Club nabs ‘Ocean Friendly’ title ahead of SeaWeek

The Palm Beach Surf Club Supporters Club has been certified as ‘Ocean Friendly’ by Surfrider Foundation, carving out a number of initiatives to support the Club, the wider community and the environment.

The Club has become the first Surf Club in Australia to be officially accredited as ‘Ocean Friendly’ in recognition of their efforts to have no Styrofoam, no plastic straws, reusable tableware, no drinks sold in single use plastic and introducing new innovative recycling methods.

It’s part of a wave of new initiatives that have been introduced by incoming Executive Manager, Daragh Murphy and Operations Manager Lisa Lynch, in cooperation with the Committees.

Daragh Murphy describes the club’s path to certification.

“As part of our refreshed commitment to protecting our environment, we have made changes across the Club to ensure we have partnered with not for profit groups such as Ocean Connect, Gold Coast Catchment Association, PBC State High School Sustainability team and most recently, the Surfrider Foundation – following their guidelines to become an ‘Ocean Friendly’ venue.”

To celebrate its ‘Ocean Friendly’ status, Palm Beach Surf Club and Surfrider Foundation will be joined by Balter Brewing – another local Ocean Friendly Certified business – to launch an event during SeaWeek this September.

SeaWeek is Australia’s major national public awareness campaign to focus community awareness, provide information and encourage an appreciation of the sea, held from 2 – 8 September, 2019.

The free community event will be held at the Club on Saturday 7 September from 2pm. The event will include giveaways, raffles, food and drink specials, live music, beach activities with Rocket Ace Eco Surfboards and Smart Fin plus education sessions by Surfrider Foundation about the sea-roots organisation dedicated to the protection of Australia’s waves and beaches.

It will also include a presentation of Palm Beach Surf Club’s accreditation certification as the first Surf Club in Australia to be certified as an ‘Ocean Friendly’ venue.

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